November 15-19, 2010
The Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas is once again proud to promote the importance of reading to Kansas preschoolers and other youth. In our sixth year of sponsorship, this year’s book, written by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is Up, Down and Around. Supporting our endeavor, this web page will provide program suggestions and opportunity for you to share your related ideas, comments and activity pictures on a blog!
About Katherine Ayres
Ayres enjoys writing for young people of all ages and has published three picture books for younger children. Up, Down, and Around, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is a celebration of vegetables and how they grow. This book was selected as The Pennsylvania OneBook (every young child) in 2008 and was featured on Oprah’s kids’ list. And in 2009, Ayres was chosen as the Outstanding Pennsylvania Author for children by the Pennsylvania School Library Association.
Ayres’ love of literature was a theme during her first career as a teacher and elementary school principal, and she continues to enjoy working with children and teachers in the school setting. She teaches Writing at Chatham University, where she also coordinates the Masters of Arts in Children’s Writing.
When she is not writing, she skis, golfs, gardens, and quilts. She and her husband are parents to three adult children and grandparents to two girls and two boys.
View Katherine reading the book and talking to parents and early childhood educators at Barton County Community College
About Nadine Bernard Westcott
Nadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of many popular books for children, including Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash and Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash, as well as the author and illustator of The Lady With The Alligator Purse. She used to spend many hours chasing after her dog, who would come home only when ready and not a minute sooner. Ms. Westcott lives on Nantucket with her husband, Bill.
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Previous Kansas Reads to Preschoolers projects
2009 - Wiggle
2008 - Bear Feels Sick
2007 - Safety
2006 - Bunny Cakes
2005 - No Matter What
Kansas Children's Book Awards
Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award
William Allen White Children's Book Award